F.M. Sciutto III

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“Withheld love vs. expressed love – Ray Ortlund”

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Withheld love vs. expressed love – Ray Ortlund.

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”  Proverbs 3:27

The alternative translation in the ESV margin is “Do not withhold good from its owners.”  If I have good I can do for somebody, then legally I own it but morally they own it.  The state has no right to force me to be generous.  And no one can walk into my house and start taking my things and say, “The Bible says I own it.”  What the Bible says to them is “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15).  But what the Bible says to me is “You shall not withhold.”

We tell ourselves, “I’m not doing anybody any harm.”  Okay.  But another question is, What good are we withholding?  Withheld love is a life-depleting social environment where beautiful things don’t happen.  But church is a culture of life is where people love each other openly and eagerly, with a sense of responsibility.

If I have the ability, then in God’s sight you have the ownership.


Written by sciuttfm

May 31, 2010 at 10:04 PM

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